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Brook, Arthur Bird    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Murrurundi, NSW, Australia

Service Number: LIEUT 143

Place of Enlistment: Helena Vale (Helena Valley), WA, Australia

Next of Kin: Brook, W J (brother)



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Lieutenant Arthur Bird BROOK 143
Submitted by: Kim Cummins
 

Lt. Arthur Bird BROOK was born at Murrurundi NSW. He was a 34 year old Commercial Traveller at time of enlistment on the 17th August 1914. He was part of the 11th Battalion and promoted to Corporal on the 1st September 1914. By October 1914, he had been promoted to Sergeant. He spent time in hospital at the Gallipoli peninsula with Dyspepsia, and transferred to Lemnos on the 27th July 1915. He was wounded in action on the 30th May 1916 and admitted to hospital with shellshock. He rejoined his battalion on the 26th June 1916. By this time he had been promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on the 15th June 1916. In August 1917 he was advised of his return to Australia and arrived on the 21st July 1917 on medical reasons. On his return to Murrurundi, he signed up to play football. He suffered a spinal injury during a game against Scone NSW and spent the next 25 years in hospital.  The Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW : 1898 - 1955) Friday 4 May 1951 
25 YEARS HOSPITAL
PATIENT- Mr. Arthur Brook, of Murrurundi will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a patient in Wilson Memorial Hospital this week. He sustained injuries to his spine in a game of football against Scone, on the old/show ground 25 years ago. Nothing can be done for him.He is still jolly, and follows sporting events with interest through his wireless set.

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